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Education sets forth the unique and challenging idea that "the work of education and the work of redemption are one." The ultimate goal of all learning should be to understand more about our Creator-Redeemer and to reflect that understanding in our personal lives. In her writings on this subject, Ellen White presented the great, guiding principles that make up true education in its broadest sense. The reader will find in these pages insights to guide not only parents, students, and teachers, but all who seek true education in the great school of life.

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Table of Contents

First Principles 
1. Source and Aim of True Education  [p. 13]
2. The Eden School  [p. 20]
3. The Knowledge of Good and Evil  [p. 23]
4. Relation of Education to Redemption  [p. 28]
5. The Education of Israel  [p. 33]
6. The Schools of the Prophets  [p. 45]
7. Lives of Great Men  [p. 51]
The Master Teacher 
8. The Teacher Sent from God  [p. 73]
9. An Illustration of His Methods  [p. 84]
Nature Teaching 
10. God in Nature  [p. 99]
11. Lessons of Life  [p. 102]
12. Other Object Lessons  [p. 113]
The Bible as an Educator 
13. Mental and Spiritual Culture  [p. 123]
14. Science and The Bible  [p. 128]
15. Business Principles and Methods  [p. 135]
16. Bible Biographies  [p. 146]
17. Poetry and Song  [p. 159]
18. Mysteries of The Bible  [p. 169]
19. History and Prophecy  [p. 173]
20. Bible Teaching and Study  [p. 185]
Physical Culture 
21. Study of Physiology  [p. 195]
22. Temperance and Dietetics  [p. 202]
23. Recreation  [p. 207]
24. Manual Training  [p. 214]
Character Building 
25. Education and Character  [p. 225]
26. Methods of Teaching  [p. 230]
27. Deportment  [p. 240]
28. Relation of Dress to Education  [p. 246]
29. The Sabbath  [p. 250]
30. Faith and Prayer  [p. 253]
31. The Lifework  [p. 262]
The Underteacher 
32. Preparation  [p. 275]
33. Co-operation  [p. 283]
34. Discipline  [p. 287]
The Higher Course 
35. The School of The Hereafter  [p. 301]


Quotable Quotes

True education means more than the pursual of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come. . . .

A knowledge of God, fellowship with Him in study and in labor, likeness to Him in character, were to be the source, the means, and the aim of Israel's education--the education imparted by God to the parents, and by them to be given to their children. . . .

Manual training is deserving of far more attention than it has received. Schools should be established that, in addition to the highest mental and moral culture, shall provide the best possible facilities for physical development and industrial training. Instruction should be given in agriculture, manufactures,--covering as many as possible of the most useful trades,--also in household economy, healthful cookery, sewing, hygienic dressmaking, the treatment of the sick, and kindred lines. Gardens, workshops, and treatment rooms should be provided, and the work in every line should be under the direction of skilled instructors. . . .

Instead of dwelling on the exploits of the Alexanders and Napoleons of history, let the pupils study the lives of such men as the apostle Paul and Martin Luther, as Moffat and Livingstone and Carey, and the present daily-unfolding history of missionary effort. Instead of burdening their memories with an array of names and theories that have no bearing upon their lives, and to which, once outside the schoolroom, they rarely give a thought, let them study all lands in the light of missionary effort and become acquainted with the peoples and their needs.